Sharpton: Occupy Wall Street shows US can’t be controlled by 1 percent

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Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the financial district of New York October 14, 2011.
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the financial district of New York October 14, 2011.
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Per NBC News and msnbc:

Clashes broke out between bottle-throwing demonstrators and police on horses and scooters as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the Stock Exchange on Friday, NBC News reported.

Police told NBC News that 14 people were arrested amid what was initially described as a celebratory march by a crowd that WNBC put at about 500 people. At least one person was injured.

We’ve been discussing OWS for the past few weeks now, and we had both the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rolling Stone’s Eric Bates on to discuss the matter. In the new issue of RS, Matt Taibbi reports on the growing demonstrations.

Joe Scarborough: “If [the OWS demonstrators] goal is to get people talking about income disparity…between the rich and poor, you would say they’ve succeeded.”

Rev. Al Sharpton: “They’ve succeeded. And that’s what they said their goal was. They’re different people…from unions all the way to people that don’t believe in government. But they’re united around that they’re 99 percent and that one percent shouldn’t control.”

Donny Deutsch: “…but they haven’t even articulated that.”

Sharpton: “Well, I think they have articulated that. I think that people understand because of the drama and because of the impact that there is a serious economic disparity to the point that people are going to the streets and they’re not gonna take it anymore. And I think that’s a good message.”

Sharpton: Occupy Wall Street shows US can't be controlled by 1 percent

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